Joba Chamberlain saw his first game action today since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery last season, throwing one inning in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.
Chamberlain, who’s also coming back from a gruesome ankle injury suffered while jumping on a trampoline in March, struck out two batters and allowed an unearned run on 23 total pitches.
According to New York Newsday his fastball was clocked in the mid-90s, which if true is awfully encouraging for his first appearance.
It’s tough to predict when Chamberlain could be ready to rejoin the Yankees’ bullpen because rarely is a player rehabbing two major injuries at the same time, but the 30-day clock on his minor-league stint is now officially ticking.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels have signed infielder Zack Cozart to a three-year, $38 million deal.
That seems like a bargain deal for Cozart, who hit .297/.385/.548 with 24 homers and 63 RBI as the Cincinnati Reds shortstop in 2017. In Anaheim, however, he will not be playing short — not with Andrelton Simmons around — so he’ll slide over to third base. He’s never played there, but you figure he can handle it.
This is a pretty nifty move for the Angels, as the other top third base options — specifically, Mike Moustakas — are likely going to cost a lot more than what they’ll be paying Cozart.
Between this, the Ian Kinsler trade and the Shohei Ohtani acquisition, the Angels are going to be sporting a very different look in 2018.